Size and fit

Fit & Sizing  

Anchored with traditional canvas and suede upper, the low-top Vans Checkerboard Old Skool is made to last for a comparatively long time. Its lace-up composition, smooth lining, and padded tongue promise custom-fit, safety, and lasting comfort. This unisex sneaker which is relatively small and narrow may be purchased in men’s sizes from 6.5 to 13 US and women’s sizes from 5 to 14.5 US. 

Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Lite Style

Vans fused two of its iconic designs – the checkerboard and Sidestripe -- and came up with an Instagram-, cover page-worthy lifestyle sneaker, the low-top Vans Checkerboard Old SkoolWalk the city streets in style when you pair this with rolled-up denima plain tee, and plaid polo for a simple, laidback look; match it with tear-away pants and moisture-wicking shirt for a sporty vibe; or fuse it with tapered pants, plain undershirt, tailored coat for classy finish.  

Notable Features

Crafted with a well-assembled upper composition, the Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Lite is outfitted with durable toe cap to withstand common abuses and comes with an adequately padded collar to support the foot during movement. This checkerboard-printed sneaker boasts a lightweight structure which makes it streetwear essential.   

Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Lite History

The Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Lite is a throwback style of the relic skate model by Vans that initially turned up on the surf-and-skate scene of South California in 1977. Initially called the Vans Style 36 before it was rebranded as the Old Skool, this skate-rooted sneaker was conceived out of a fancy doodle by Paul Van Doren that bore a curvy strip of leather on the outer panels of the shoe.  

The leather accent now known as the Sidestripe became a distinctive representation of Vans, while the Old Skool unpredictably became one of the widely sought-after key classics by the US brand. In spite the arrival of bulkier and more tech-forward skate profiles from younger labels at the flip of the century, authenticity held the Vans Old Skool a relevant skate shoe to this day.  

The introduction of the Vault collection in 2003, a high-end range of the Vans core classics, further strengthened the appeal of the Old Skool not just as a skate gear but a lifestyle sneaker as well. So far, Vans has already spewed tons of variations of the modest icon that there seems to be no shortage of design and colorway for its mushrooming devotees.  

One of the retro renditions of this much-sought legend is the Vans Checkerboard Old Skool Lite. This variety is made with a strong retro fever in a wholly toned down form. At the same time, it is symbolic of the 1970s birth era of the Old Skool, which is also the similar period when Vans first played up with the checkerboard motif.  

Additional Info

  • The “Off the Wall” branding is glued on the heel. 
  • The white outsole takes on the design of Vans waffle tread.  
  • Vans label is displayed on the sockliner. 


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